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Germany Considers Emissions Levy as CO2 Reduction Target Wobbles

  • Clean Air Act tax may be instrument to cut pollution
  • German consumers pay highest power prices after Denmark

Germany may have to implement a tax on emissions as it struggles to meet its target to cut carbon dioxide pollution by 2020, said Franzjosef Schafhausen, a senior government official.

The government’s decision in August to back away from measures that would close some of the most polluting coal plants raises questions about whether it can meet its pledge to rein in emissions across the economy by 2020, said Schafhausen, the deputy director general of climate change policy in the Environment Ministry, in an interview.